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Whooping Cranes


Whooping cranes are a featured animal in our new Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit, which opens in May 2019.

In 2022, we will celebrate the Houston Zoo’s 100th anniversary by completing the most dramatic transformation in our history. Learn more >

How we Help Save Them in the Wild

  • Surveys conducted over the 2017-2018 winter season concluded that the number of wild whooping cranes has increased to 505, up from 431 the previous year.
  • The Houston Zoo teamed up with the International Crane Foundation to establish a Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator position to develop awareness and caring for whooping cranes.

How You Can Help

Visit the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas every February to celebrate the yearly return of the whooping cranes to their wintering habitat.